Polycom has announced expanded support for its industry-first implementation of H.264 High Profile, a powerful, standards-based video compression technology that reduces bandwidth requirements for high-definition (HD) telepresence and video conferencing up to 50%.

Lowering bandwidth requirements and associated network costs, Polycom is helping customers extend the benefits of visual communications more cost-effectively across their organisation for a faster return on investment.
Currently available on Polycom HDX series room telepresence systems, Polycom is extending H.264 High Profile support to the Polycom RMX 4000 and 2000 series, the highest performing multipoint conferencing platforms for HD visual communications.
It is also extending support to the industry’s broadest line of immersive telepresence products, which include the most immersive telepresence offering available today, the Polycom RealPresence Experience (RPX) series, the customisable Polycom Architected Telepresence Experience (ATX) 300, the Polycom Telepresence Experience (TPX) for collaborative meetings, and the new, future-focused Polycom Open Telepresence Experience (OTX) 300.
“We are excited to deliver the first end-to-end solution supporting H.264 High Profile, which will help our customers lower network bandwidth costs and cost-effectively expand their deployments,” says Andrew Miller, president and CEO of Polycom. “We estimate a mid-sized enterprise will spend up to $2.1-million less in the first year on a typical Polycom telepresence deployment including – equipment, bandwidth, services and maintenance costs – versus a comparable Cisco TelePresence deployment.”
Polycom’s support for H.264 High Profile delivers breakthrough video performance at any bandwidth, including full-motion HD video quality starting at just 512 kbps, and full-motion DVD-quality standard definition (SD) video starting as low as 128 kbps.
Polycom’s support for H.264 High Profile will play a key role in its initiatives with Polycom Open Collaboration Network partners to integrate visual communications into leading unified communications (UC) environments. It is also strategic in Polycom’s initiative with Juniper Networks to improve the quality, efficiency and cost-effectiveness of video networks.